Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin and Apples is the perfect fall dinner. It requires only a few ingredients and it is done in 30 minutes! You will enjoy the sweet and savory flavors in this delicious, easy meal.
Pork and apples seem like such an unlikely pair, don’t they? Savory meat and delicious, juicy apples? It might seem a bit crazy, but pork and apples is one of my favorite sweet and savory food combos EVER and if you’ve never paired these foods together, you have to give it a try.
One of the things I love about apples is that they are SO versatile. They’re a great solo snack, they taste amazing with baked goods and they also pair well with savory dishes. Pork and apples is one of my favorite sweet and savory food combos EVER and if you’ve never paired these foods together, you have to give it a try. Use your Instant Pot to make this pork and apples recipe for an extra dose of flavor.
The flavors will blow your mind and the ease of making the recipe makes it even better. This is a perfect recipe to make in the fall when apples are aplenty. Grab your apple peeler and get this delicious dinner cooking!
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HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT PORK AND APPLES
In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well and rub over all surfaces of tenderloin.
Set Instant Pot to saute. Heat the olive oil and add the tenderloin to the pot. Cook for 2 minutes per side. Keep turning the tenderloin until all sides are browned.
Add apple cider, apple juice or water and deglaze the pot (scrape bits from the bottom of the pan with a spoon). Add the onion and apples. Cover and cook on high pressure (pressure cook setting) for 25 minutes. It will take the pot approximately 12 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking. Do a quick release.
Open the lid and transfer pork tenderloin to a cutting board using tongs. Thicken sauce with corn starch slurry if you’d like a thicker sauce. Slice pork, place on a serving platter and drizzle sauce over the top!
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE BEST PORK AND APPLES EVER!
To increase the amount of apple flavor in the recipe, use juice or cider for the liquid. For a bit of extra non-apple flavor, chicken broth would work great, too!
Use a 1.5- or 2-pound pork tenderloin for this recipe OR two 1-pound tenderloins work great, as well.
To save some time, skip sauteing the tenderloin toward the beginning of the recipe and throw it into the pot with the rest of the ingredients and get cookin’!
HOW TO COOK FROZEN PORK IN AN INSTANT POT
If you don’t have time to thaw your tenderloin, throw it in frozen! Pressure cook for 45 minutes with a 5-minute natural release. One note about going this route is that your apples and onions will have a soupier texture with the longer cook time. Still super delicious, though! Also, if you cook from frozen, skip the rub and sauteing step at the beginning of the recipe.
WHAT IS A PORK TENDERLOIN
Not to be confused with the similar Pork Loin, these two cuts of meat come from the same animal but appear different and have several important differences, as well. Pork Tenderloin is thin and small. It’s known for being tender, as its name suggests. It also has a finely grained texture to it.
SHOULD PORK BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE COOKING?
It is not a necessity to bring pork to room temperature before cooking it. However! If you allow it to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes, it will cook more evenly and the end product will be juicier and more flavorful. Consider adding this step into your recipe for an even yummier meal!
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT PORK CHOPS
I don’t recommend replacing the tenderloin with chops in this recipe, but if you are looking for a perfect and delicious pork chops recipe to make in your pressure cooker, check out this perfect pork recipe.
KEEP YOUR APPLES FROM TURNING BROWN
When chopping and peeling the apples, fill a large bowl about half with cool water and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it. The lemon juice will keep your apples from getting brown while you get them prepped for the recipe. Use an apple corer/peeler if you have one because they will make this process go super fast. If you don’t have one, use a potato peeler and a knife to get the job done. You’ll need to peel, core and chop the apples. Place them into the water-lemon juice mixture as you work.
WHAT TYPES OF APPLES ARE GOOD FOR COOKING
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE JUICE AND CIDER
There are a few differences between these two delicious apple drinks but on the outside, they don’t appear very different. They have similar coloring and some companies even interchange the names cider and juice. But while your toddler might love a little apple juice in the day, apple cider just signifies fall and outdoor crisp air and a special flavor brought out in the process of making it fresh early in the season with the first batches of apples.
Apple Juice is pasteurized and filtered to remove pulp and sediment. This helps apple juice stay fresh longer. Whereas you don’t usually see a clear juice when you’ve had a cup of of cider. You’ll notice it’s opaque, cloudy looking and there’s a little texture to it with spices added to enhance the drink.
WHY DOES IT TAKE MY INSTANT POT SO LONG TO HEAT UP?
The time leading up to actual cook time may seem long and even confusing (“What is going ON in there?!”), but it’s an important part of the process! The Instant Pot is working on building up the appropriate amount of pressure that it will be cooking the food at. It handles liquids and solids differently and also fresh and frozen differently, so the time can vary. Most recipes take between 10 and 25 minutes to build up pressure.
INSTANT POT BURN NOTICE
If you see that dreaded burn notice flash on your Instant Pot, do not fret! Know that your pressure cooker is keeping a good eye on your food. It has sensed that the temperature toward the bottom of the pot is too high and has therefore turned it off temporarily. It is giving you a chance to fix the problem! This can happen especially with thick sauces or chilis because of the heaviness of the contents inside the pot. It can also happen if there is not enough liquid inside the pot.
If you see the burn notice, press CANCEL as soon as possible. Do an immediate quick release and wait for the silver float valve to drop. Transfer the inner pot to a hot pad holder. Scrape any bits of food that may have adhered to the bottom of the pot using a spoon.
If there are no burned bits:
Add 1/2 cup of liquid to the recipe that will thin out the consistency. If the recipe contains beef or chicken broth, add more of the same. If no broth is used in the recipe, add water.
Stir the contents of the pot thoroughly and resume cooking.
If you see burned pieces in the mixture:
Pour the contents into a saucepan and clean out the pot using soap and water, making sure any charred pieces of food are removed from the bottom of the pan. Remove visible pieces of burnt food and pour it back into the pot.
Add 1/2 cup of liquid to the recipe, stir the contents thoroughly and resume cooking.
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
FALL APPLE RECIPES
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce – Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare because it’s so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!
Apple Coffee Cake – This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!
Easy Baked Apples – The smell of baking apples swirled in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon will make your house smell AMAZING. Enjoy the smells as you anticipate a delicious fall treat that is easy to prepare. Great as a warm snack or enjoy as a dessert with vanilla ice cream on the side!
Instant Pot Apple Cider – You have just met your new favorite fall drink! Instant Pot Apple Cider will warm you up on those chilly fall days. It is super easy to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort and cleanup. This is a super way to use up apples from the orchard. Enjoy warm or chilled!
Instant Pot Applesauce – Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.
Instant Pot Pork and Apples
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin or two 1-pound tenderloins
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup apple cider apple juice or water
- 3 large apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 yellow onion sliced
- 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup corn starch (optional)
- In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well and rub over all surfaces of tenderloin.
- Set Instant Pot to saute. Heat the olive oil and add the tenderloin to the pot. Cook for 2 minutes/side. Keep turning the tenderloin until all sides are browned.
- Add apple cider/juice and deglaze the pot (scrape bits from the bottom of the pan with a spoon). Add the apples and onions. Cover and cook on high pressure (pressure cook setting) for 25 minutes. It will take the pot approximately 12 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking. Do a quick release.
- Remove the lid and transfer pork tenderloin to a cutting board using tongs. Thicken sauce with corn starch slurry if you’d like a thicker sauce. Slice pork, place on a serving platter and drizzle sauce over the top!